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New independent advice on car seats & accessories for disabled children added to charity website 'Living made easy for children'

24th June 2009

National charity the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) today announced the launch of a new section in its website ‘Living made easy for children’, a unique portal providing information and impartial advice on equipment for children and young people with disabilities (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/children/). The new car seats and accessories category will help families with disabled children find independent information and advice on specially designed car seats, belts and harnesses.

At the same time ‘Parents’ corner’ http://forums.dlf.org.uk/ has also been launched to provide an online forum where parents of children with disabilities can share experiences, knowledge and useful tips with other parents regarding equipment and related issues.

Funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, ‘Living made easy for children’ was launched in April 2009 and makes freely available on the internet for the very first time the advice and information on children’s equipment that DLF has built up over the last 40 years.

Christine Shaw, DLF’s Chief Executive, comments “Parents of children and young people with disabilities find it extremely hard to get information that can help their child. A survey carried out by the DLF two years ago showed that only 13% of parents said that all equipment was supplied by Social Services, with 84% purchasing products. 73% said they didn’t find it easy to get information on equipment”.

Shaw continues, “The aim of ‘Living made easy for children’ is to eventually bring together information on every product for children and young people with disabilities into one place, helping parents and carers and healthcare professionals such as paediatric occupational therapists to easily compare products and make informed decisions about what might help them. All the advice and information has been created by the DLF’s team of expert occupational therapists so that visitors can get as much information as they need before contacting a supplier.”

Shaw continues,“Research by our occupational therapists on different equipment areas showed there was a strong demand for information on equipment that enables children with disabilities to travel safely and comfortably. We made it a priority to introduce the car seats and accessories category to help satisfy this need. We also discovered that parents of children with disabilities want to get in touch with other parents who were making or had made similar choices about equipment for their children, and so we hope that our new Parents’ corner will prove a popular addition to the website”.

‘Living made easy for children’ contains a number of innovative features such as the DLF’s star rating system, which rates products based on things like whether suppliers have provided prices for the product and whether they have signed up to certain industry Codes of Conduct . This helps people find products from reputable suppliers who are transparent about their pricing more easily. Users can also review products themselves, can discuss products with other parents or ask for specific advice from one of the DLF’s occupational therapists in the website’s forum.

Further information and images

Please contact Sharon Harbutt, Press Officer on 020 7432 8017 or email s.harbutt@dlf.org.uk

Notes for editors 

‘Living made easy for children’ http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/children/ is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Companies sponsoring the website include Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Theraposture and Kingkraft.

About DLF

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.

 

 

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